Game Changers

Meet the Bahraini artist behind Instagram’s Ramadan stickers

Hala Al Abbasi created the first Ramadan stickers for Instagram to be used by millions of users around the world.


By Sekka Team

Hala Al Abbasi surrounded by the three stickers she created for Instagram. Image: Hala Al Abbasi.

Social media platform Instagram has partnered with rising Bahraini artist Hala Al Abbasi on three new stickers for Ramadan that were released yesterday. To celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, Instagram has added a feature that allows users to see stories with these stickers from the accounts a user follows all in a single story.

The 31-year-old, who Sekka had the pleasure of collaborating with in the past didn’t expect the opportunity. “Instagram approached me because they loved my work and my name was on their list, so they chose me to create Ramadan stickers for the first time this year,” she tells us.

It took Hala nearly three weeks of hard work to come up with the stickers, which feature tea and dates, a mosque and the Ramadan crescent . “I loved each step and the process of it,” she excitedly shares.

The three stickers created by Hala Al Abbasi for Instagram, were inspired by the happy and beautiful atmosphere that observers of the month share with their families and loved ones. Images: Hala Al Abbasi.

Hala tells us how she was inspired by the happy and beautiful atmosphere that observers of the month share with their families and loved ones. “I wanted to share the love and joy, and reflect that through the stickers and make them so colorful so people around the world can share and use them during their daily routine in Ramadan and feel happy,” she explains.

As a Bahraini artist, Hala further explains grateful and happy she feels to be the first artist in the region to work on Instagram stickers and share them with the world. “ This amazing opportunity has a very special place in my heart; the love that I have put into my work has been everything to me to share and spread that with the people around the world.

There’s no slowing down for this creative artist. She has two big projects in the pipeline that she looks forward to unveil with the world, besides her job as a full-time designer and illustrator. “I am always open for more opportunities to have in the near future,” she adds.

To find out more about Hala Al Abbasi’s work, visit her Instagram page here.

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